Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante
Gregory Brooks raises under the gun to 90,000, and Jesse Yaginuma moves all in from early position for 170,000. Steve Gross reraises from the cutoff to 300,000, and Brooks folds.
Yaginuma turns over A9, but he's dominated by the A10 of Gross. The board comes Q73K4, and Steve Gross wins the pot with his ten kicker to eliminate Yaginuma. Since this hand was simultaneous with the double-elimination at the other table, all three players receive a tie for 10th place.
Steve Gross - 2,050,000 (51 BBs)
Jesse Yaginuma - Out in 10th Place ($63,410)
Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante
Jesse Yaginuma moves all in from the cutoff for 235,000, and Allen Cunningham calls from the small blind with KQ. Yaginuma turns over KQ, and they're looking at a probable chop.
The board comes 5439Q, and they chop the pot.
Allen Cunningham - 2,030,000 (67 BBs)
Jesse Yaginuma - 260,000 (8 BBs)
Level 20: 5,000-10,000, 1,000 ante
Sam Stein raises from the button to 23,000, Jesse Yaginuma reraises from the big blind to 65,000, and Stein reraises to 91,000. Yaginuma thinks for about 20 seconds before he says, "All in," and Stein immediately folds. Yaginuma takes the pot.
Jesse Yaginuma - 1,180,000 (118 BBs)
Sam Stein - 365,000 (36 BBs)
Level 19: 4,000-8,000, 1,000 ante
With the board showing 54210 on the turn and about 100,000 already in the pot, Nikolay Evdakov checks the small blind, Jesse Yaginuma bets 64,000 from late position, and Evdakov thinks for about a minute before check-raising to 170,000. Yaginuma thinks for a bit and moves all in.
Evdakov thinks for more than two minutes before he folds, and Yaginuma takes the pot.
Jesse Yaginuma - 765,000 (95 BBs)
Nikolay Evdakov - 375,000 (46 BBs)
Level 18: 3,000-6,000, 1,000 ante
Kathy Liebert came into the day in 59th position out of 62 players, with just 55,000 in chips. But she has already doubled up twice to give herself a comfortable cushion to make a run.
In the first hand, Liebert was all in preflop with KJ against the the 88 of Jesse Yaginuma. The board came AKQ75, and Liebert paired her king on the flop to move up over the 100,000 mark.
A few minutes later, Liebert doubled up again, this time by flopping a set of queens against Nikolay Evdakov.
Kathy Liebert - 235,000 (39 BBs)